Microsoft Adds YouTube, Twitter to Office Sway Suggested Searches
The software maker adds new ways to spruce up Sway presentations, including built-in suggestions for YouTube videos and tweets.Office Sway, Microsoft's interactive, mobile-friendly presentation technology, is on the lookout for videos and Twitter posts. As part of a new round of updates, the company announced that Sway's suggested search functionality has been expanded to include some of the Web's most popular and social destinations. The feature, which was released in December along with Bing Image Search support, runs continually in the background, analyzing keywords and phrases, and serves up relevant content from the Web as users' creations take shape. Now, Sway authors can incorporate content from YouTube and Twitter, the company announced. In a March 3 blog post, the Office Sway Team revealed that it expanded "the results of Suggested searches to include YouTube videos and tweets, in addition to images from Bing Image Search." Results will show videos, tweets and images with Creative Commons licenses attached or public domain material, but users can expand their searches with the Show All button. Users can then simply drag and drop the content into their Sways. Naturally, Microsoft is advocating a cautious approach to obtaining content that appears on the Web. "Please remember you are responsible for respecting the rights of others, including copyright," cautioned the company.
Also new is OneNote integration, allowing users of the note-taking and content-capture app to mine their virtual notebooks for inspiration.